Pendleton Woolen Mills, a global lifestyle brand headquartered in Portland, Ore., announced that its century-old mills located in Washougal, Wash., and Pendleton, Ore., are now certified STeP by Oeko-Tex.
Both mills have been weaving for more than 110 years and are continually updated for sustainability and innovation. STeP by Oeko-Tex is a certification system for production facilities in the textile industry.
Certification assesses production facilities at all processing stages to allow brands to communicate environmental measures. The Pendleton mills were scored in various areas, including chemical management, environmental performance and management, social responsibility, quality management, and health and safety.
“Pendleton is committed to creating a sustainable product lifecycle,” Rolan Snider, vice president of textile manufacturing at Pendleton, said. “As a vertical operation, the impact we have on the environment is a priority in every process. Certifying the mills for sustainability is a tremendous step in this journey. The sustainability journey begins with our use of wool as a natural fiber, the long-term relationships with USA wool growers and now continues through the local production in our sustainability-certified mills.”
In addition to sustainability in manufacturing, Pendleton is dedicated to creating sustainable products. Wool has many sustainable characteristics, including being renewable, biodegradable, durable and naturally wrinkle-, odor-and stain resistant. Pendleton wool products are also known for their timeless design and function, allowing consumers to cherish an item for generations.
The Pendleton Woolen Mill located in Washougal is located at 2 Pendleton Way and the mill in Pendleton is at 1307 SE Court Place. Both mills offer tours year round.
Pendleton Woolen Mills manufactures wool blankets, apparel and accessories. Weaving in Oregon since 1863, Pendleton weaves iconic designs in two of the few remaining woolen mills in the U.S.
With six generations of family ownership, Pendleton is focused on the “Warranted to Be a Pendleton” legacy, creating quality lifestyle products with seasonless styling. Pendleton products are available at its branded stores across the U.S., select retailers worldwide and on pendleton-usa.com.